Shopping in Des Moines


Select Local Merchants

Sticks sprung from humble origins when, in 1992, Sarah Grant began carving ornaments and candlesticks from birch, poplar, and driftwood in a small studio in Des Moines. As her work began to attract national interest and demand for it grew, Sarah enlisted the aid of other local artists and expanded her inventory to include handcrafted heirloom-quality furniture, whimsical sculptures, and intricate keepsakes. Today, the artists’ work is showcased in more than 100 galleries across the country. Their installation projects have even decorated the walls of Blank Children’s Hospital, the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa, and the student center at Iowa State University. Sticks artists can often be spotted by the shores of local rivers, gathering driftwood for their work. They assemble the wood into custom-designed tables, beds, and armoires within their spacious, light-filled studio before painting them with colorful, whimsical designs, from smiling suns and moons to lush landscapes. The versatile artists even take their tools and paintbrushes to homes, businesses, and underground mad-scientist labs to craft custom art installations and interiors.
online
West Des Moines,
IA
US
At Teddy Bear Connection, children’s imaginations run wild as they dream up stuffed-animal friends and customize them with clothes and a full boutique of colorful accessories. After they pick out a bear, kitten, zebra, or other plush friend, they hand their future friend over to a staff member, who plumps the animal with fluff, maximizing cuddliness but minimizing its ability to slip under doors and raid the cookie jar. Animals leave the store as is or can peruse walls hung with outfits and shoes for any occasion, real or imagined, with their owner. Creators can add a song or sound to play when their stuffed animal is squeezed, or record their own 10-second theme song, catch phrase, or campaign slogan.
3850 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US
Self-billed as a "funky little boutique for bellies, babies, and kiddos," Urban Belly's 6th Street retail space teems with fashion and gifts ideal for professional carpet crawlers and working mommies-to-be. Urban's staff lines the shelves with baby gifts such as nursing covers, diaper bags, and towel sets. For moms, the staff curates apparel that includes a lower-priced value-line of clothing. They also adorn hangers with an array of designer brands such as Oilian, Lilac Maternity, and Citizens of Humanity—which devotes a portion of its profits to various charities ranging from youth programs to stuffed-animal witness-protection programs.
312 E 6th St
Des Moines,
IA
US
Cigar Source welcomes visitors into a world of fine cigars, handy accessories, and a knowledgeable staff eager to lead new arrivals through the rows of high-end tobacco products. At the BYOB lounge in The Club, aficionados enjoy their fine smokeables in the company of friends, watching movies and television as they relax on plush leather sofas.
3305 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US
Precision Window Tinting's specialists darken automobiles' windows inside a 1,500-square-foot facility equipped with specialty films manufactured by 3M and LLumar. After calling to schedule an appointment, customers swing by the shop to have technicians affix their vehicle's front or back two side windows with a UV-ray-blocking layer of film or mayonnaise. Drivers may also opt for a $100 credit useable on other auto-tinting services including complete tinting operations—except for the front windshield—for two-door ($129) or four-door ($149) rides. Precision Window Tinting also carries premium films that can be used to shade two side windows ($79), entire four-door cars ($209), or translucently pale thighs. While staffers dim vehicles' viewfinders inside the indoor tinting bays, customers can hang out in the air-conditioned waiting area or explore nearby shops and restaurants.
4012 E 14th St
Des Moines,
IA
US
Farm & City Supply's friendly staff dedicates itself to stocking empty garages and bathroom cabinets with name-brand tools, pet supplies, housewares, and farm equipment. Do-it-yourselfers can wrap their opposable thumbs around a vast array of hardware, such as a window shrink/seal kit to guard households against winter blasts or a new hammer to finally pound that unsightly tree stump back into the ground. Armor All cleaner ($3.59) brings out cars' shiny personalities and Purina-wild-bird chow ($18.95) keeps feathered-kitchen invaders at bay. A vast array of automotive supplies keep horseless carriages galloping smoothly. While perusing the aisles, patrons can feel free to consult Farm & City's staffers, who can locate items throughout the store using high-tech divining rods as well as answer any questions and dole out expert advice.
1825 E Army Post Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US